He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki (The Māori Business Network of Taranaki) started its journey in 2008. 

Passionate Māori business operators Anna Davis (Office Furniture First) and Mitchell Ritai (Te Reo O Taranaki Trust) launched the network with the support of Amokura Panoho, Project Manager Partnerships at Venture Taranaki, and the Māori Business Facilitation Service at Te Puni Kokiri.  The kaupapa was established to provide a place of support and mentoring through regular events, networking and whanaungatanga. 

It is a network run by business, for business, with the support of Venture Taranaki, Te Puni Kōkiri and Poutama Trust.  Through regular events and networking, whanaungatanga we aim to share, promote and grow with like minded people.

Our logo above was gifted by Te Reo o Taranaki Trust to the Business Network and represents the following:

- Our Mōunga Taranaki which is a significant feature on our Taranaki landscape and frequently referred to in kōrero, karakia and waiata.

- The large koru represents established businesses and the small koru represents new or considered businesses. It is smaller to represent the tuakana/teina (older/younger) relationship where those established business can support and provide assistance to new businesses.

- Each koru is shown in a different direction to represent the fact that both established and new businesses have differing needs

- The small koru is also in the front to represent that at times even new business can lead the way.

The logo and name reflects the purpose of the group, which is to get together with like-minded people to assist each other and assist those who are new to business.
 
We are an inclusive organisation who welcome new members.

For more information or to join the He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki mailing list, please email jennifer@venture.org.nz.

(From left) Jenn Patterson rātou ko Tiri Porter, ko Anna Davis - ngā ringawera o He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki


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